Saturday, November 28, 2015


Holidays incite excitement among students. In the Library Learning Commons right before Thanksgiving, we decided to host a 2nd grade, 6th grade "thankful" station rotation event. Both grades convened in the Library Learning Commons to pair up and work together at a station. We offered crafts (turkey hats), coloring, educational computer games, bingo, paired reading, and video taping. Staff and students loved the activity and the opportunity this space provided for across grade collaboration. Everyone was smiling, having a good time, and working together. Students were free to visit as many stations as they wished and many tried to participate in all of them. At the end of 50 minutes, kids hugged each other and asked to do this again. There was no arguing, tears, or boredom- all were engaged. The older students were amazing role models and their patience and willingness to assist the younger kids was a reminder to us all how kind and empathetic our children are. Here are a few pictures of the event for you to enjoy.

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The Noisy Librarian

Sunday, November 8, 2015

An avalanche of creation

The second graders needed a tiny boost in thinking about how to share their findings in Genius Hour. As educators, we agonized over whether or not to show them examples of other things kids have done. We knew that this would produce an onslaught of reproductions of the models we presented. However we wanted to encourage the creative juices and that concept won over. After watching the following video, students were excited, thrilled and there was a new attitude of "can do," among the kids. Our sincerest apologies to the parents of the students who immediately went home and begged for cardboard. Below is the video.

This week, as predicted, all the students wanted to make something with cardboard, which isn't bad but we wanted diversity. We decided to show them another video, hoping that they could NOT reproduce the end product. We did tell our farm kids they could not pester their parents for LED lights! However, after the video, which is also posted below, the kids examined what skills were needed to create this project. They were astute in recognizing, dog training, filming, and collaboration. Conversation flowed around how many times the film makers needed to fail before achieving the final project. It was a good conversation led by students. We look forward to seeing what comes out of it this week when we go back to organizing, research, and outlining the next steps for Genius Hour.

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The Noisy Librarian